Arceus-Steel

Multitype
Type changes depending on the held plate. Prevents item loss.
Type Tier
Steel Uber
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
120
- 381 444 -
Atk
120
248 276 339 372
Def
120
248 276 339 372
SpA
120
248 276 339 372
SpD
120
248 276 339 372
Spe
120
248 276 339 372
  • Uber

Overview

Clad in His steel armor, Arceus enters the battlefield ready to deliver His divine Judgment on His creations. Steel Arceus laughs at the horde of elemental moves that fail to pierce His impenetrable armor. Even the fangs of the mighty Dragon-types, whom He created to protect the world, fail to leave a scratch on Arceus's polished exterior. Although, Steel Arceus dislikes the quakes of the earth and the raging fires, one should never overlook Him, for truly no other forme of the Creator is as resilient as He.

Name Item Nature

Calm Mind

Iron Plate Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Recover
~ Judgment
~ Roar / Thunder / Will-O-Wisp
248 HP / 8 SpA / 252 Spe

With its impressive defenses and wide array of resistances thanks to its Steel typing, Steel Arceus can pull off a Calm Mind set without breaking a sweat. Access to Recover prevents Arceus from being taken down easily, and even allows it to wall Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Palkia after a few Calm Mind boosts. Steel has decent coverage in Ubers, but is resisted by Water- and Fire-types, which are fairly common. Roar can be used to phaze out opposing setup sweepers such as Bulk Up Dialga before they get out of control, and racks up passive damage when used alongside entry hazards. Thunder can be used to deal with Pokemon who resist Steel-type attacks, such as Kyogre, but it is not recommended unless rain support from Kyogre can be provided. Will-O-Wisp allows Arceus to cripple physical attackers such as Zekrom and works very well thanks to Arceus's excellent Speed. The combination of Calm Mind and Will-O-Wisp makes Steel Arceus very hard to take out. Thanks to Steel Arceus's immunity to Toxic and access to Recover, it can function as a deadly stallbreaker capable of defeating stalling machines such as Blissey one-on-one.

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Name Item Nature

Utility Support

Iron Plate Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Will-O-Wisp
~ Roar / Perish Song
~ Recover
~ Ice Beam / Judgment
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe

This set is a great choice for a supportive Pokemon. While it might lack the Leftovers recovery that other Steel-types—such as Ferrothorn, Jirachi, and Skarmory—offer, Steel Arceus's superior stats and wider movepool set it apart. In fact, it is both the fastest and specially bulkiest Steel-type in Ubers.

Steel Arceus is one of the few Steel-type Pokemon to learn Will-O-Wisp, so it's a given on a defensive set, as it allows Steel Arceus to cripple most physical attackers. Note that this isn't a sure-fire way to cripple Normal Arceus, as Will-O-Wisp's shaky accuracy can result in it taking heavy damage from a Swords Dance-boosted Normal Arceus. However, because most Normal Arceus don't run maximum Speed, Steel Arceus can act as an emergency check to it if your team is running out of options to deal with it.

Recover is the other major jewel in Steel Arceus's crown, ensuring that unlike most other Steel-types, it isn't forced to rely on Wish, Rest, or other less reliable methods of healing. Steel Arceus's longevity also makes it a great phazer. Roar is the reliable and immediate option for phazing, while Perish Song is a slower, more risky method that has the advantage of dooming the last Pokemon standing, but Roar is far more reliable in most situations. When it comes to offensive options, Ice Beam is the prime choice, as it allows Steel Arceus to damage a wide variety of Ice-weak Pokemon, such as Rayquaza and Landorus, and also deals good damage to Groudon, Giratina-O, and Zekrom. Judgment's coverage isn't nearly as good, but it hits Kyurem-W, Terrakion, and Tyranitar super-effectively, while also being stronger than Ice Beam against neutral targets. Kyurem-W in particular can actually defeat Steel Arceus that don't run Judgment with Fusion Flare, Focus Blast, or Earth Power.

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Name Item Nature

Swords Dance

Iron Plate Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Iron Head
~ Swords Dance
~ Earthquake / ExtremeSpeed
~ Recover
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

Although Steel-type STAB is admittedly not the best in Ubers, with many of the common Pokemon in the tier—most notably Kyogre—resisting it, Steel Arceus can still be a potent user of Swords Dance. After a Swords Dance, Arceus's Attack stat hits a magnificent 678. Iron Head provides a reliable STAB move, and its 30% flinch chance is icing on the cake. Earthquake has excellent neutral coverage in Ubers in tandem with Iron Head, being resisted by only a handful of Pokemon. ExtremeSpeed can be used over Earthquake to deal with faster sweepers such as Mewtwo, but it is not nearly as powerful as Earthquake. In the last slot, Recover allows Arceus to make full use of its bulk, and gives it plenty of opportunities to set up.

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Other Options

Arceus's extensive movepool grants it no dearth of options. Cosmic Power can be used to boost both of Arceus's defensive stats, and works well with Steel Arceus's numerous resistances. Perish Song lets Arceus defeat late-game sweepers such as Kyogre and Dark Arceus, and can create a setup opportunity for a teammate such as Rayquaza. Earth Power puts a dent in Heatran, but has no real use otherwise.

Checks and Counters

Any Pokemon capable of dishing out powerful Fire-, Fighting-, or Ground-type attacks is a threat to Steel Arceus. Ho-Oh, Reshiram, and Groudon can all obliterate Steel Arceus with their STAB moves; the latter is especially dangerous as the sunlight it summons powers up the Fire-type moves that Steel Arceus hates. Heatran can switch on Will-O-Wisp, grab a Flash Fire boost, and do a large chunk of damage with Flamethrower. If the sun is up, Mewtwo can fry Steel Arceus with Fire Blast, which easily OHKOes. Kyogre, Ground Arceus, Fire Arceus, and Fighting Arceus can all engage in a Calm Mind war with Steel Arceus and eventually win thanks to their natural type advantage. Garchomp and Terrakion can turn Steel Arceus to scrap metal with their powerful STAB moves, but they cannot switch in. Choice Scarf Heracross, although rare, can outspeed Steel Arceus and even stomach an unboosted Judgment if it needs to; in return, it has no problem bringing Steel Arceus down with its STAB Close Combat. Steel-types such as Skarmory and Ferrothorn can be a nuisance to the Swords Dance set; Skarmory in particular laughs at all of Steel Arceus's moves and can phaze it out with Whirlwind.